Diplodocuses were some of the gnarliest dinosaurs in North America. They were friendly, survived on a diet of mostly tree branches and water plants, and generally kicked it prehistorically 'round Utah and Colorado.
As a kid, Thomas Wesley Pentz had a healthy obsession with dinosaurs. When he started DJing, he took on a shortened version of his favorite dino name and became Diplo. The rest -- like the Jurassic Era -- is history.
Dude's worked with some of the biggest names in music, earning worldwide notoriety for co-producing M.I.A.'s hit, "Paper Planes." The song solidified Diplo's spot among music's elite, and soon he was collaborating with folks like Shakira and Snoop Dogg, and pushing smart phones for Blackberry.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
Wanting to expand his musical reach even further, Diplo and frequent collaborator Switch started making music under the guise Major Lazer. The result: a Jamaican dancehall-meets-house record, EP, and three mixtapes that are out of this world.